What You Need to Know About “Employability and Loss of Earning Capacity Evaluations”

October 20th, 2017
employability and loss of earning capacity evaluations

  1. What is an Employability and Earning Capacity Evaluation?

An Employability and Earning Capacity Evaluation will assist the Plaintiff or Defense attorney in objectively documenting the case damages.

  1. What does an Employability and Earning Capacity Evaluation consist of?

The Evaluation consists of five components: a thorough records review, a vocational diagnostic interview with the client, a detailed analysis of the client’s work and transferrable skills, and vocational testing. All of these components combine to form an expert opinion as to the disabled individual’s employability and earning capacity.

  1. When do I need an Employability and Earning Capacity Evaluation?

When the individual’s injuries impact their ability to work and earn money. If an individual can no longer return to their prior work or is unemployed due to the residuals of their injuries, then an evaluation is necessary and beneficial to either Plaintiff or Defense attorneys.

  1. What type of cases should an Employability and Earning Capacity Evaluation be performed on?

Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice, Slip and Fall, Premises Liability, Automobile or Workplace accidents. We also perform evaluations in Social Security Disability, Workers’ Compensation, Matrimonial and Wrongful Termination cases.

  1. What type of injuries should an Employability and Earning Capacity Evaluation be performed on?

Low back injuries, neck injuries, spinal cord injuries, severe non-healing fractures, reflex sympathetic dystrophy, brain injuries, loss of vision, burns, psychiatric and psychological trauma. These injuries must have a severe impact on an individual’s ability to perform their prior work or any other type of work activities.

  1. What do I need to have an Employability and Earning Capacity Evaluation done?

Hospital records, especially discharge summaries and operative reports, treating and/or consulting examining physician’s reports, work records, and wage information such as Income Tax Returns W-2 wage statements or Social Security earnings statement.

  1. How long does it take to perform an evaluation and obtain a report?

A vocational evaluation takes about two to three hours. After the evaluation is performed, a report takes from four to six weeks to complete. However, under rush situations, we have been able to complete a report in 24 hours.

  1. What happens when my case goes to trial and I need an expert witness?

You can contact Occupational Assessment Services Inc for one of the leading experts in the country. Mr. Ed Provder will give testimony as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor and Employability Expert. He has been accepted in numerous state and federal courts in New Jersey, New York, California, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Texas, and Florida.

Our office will assist you in developing a direct examination so the damages part of your case can go smoothly. At the time of testimony, the expert will be extremely knowledgeable about your case and will bring customized exhibits to court to educate the jury regarding the damages portion of your case.

Occupational Assessment Services has been involved as Vocational Experts in some of the largest verdicts in the United States, including Escobar vs. the State of New Jersey which received a verdict of $166,000,000 and Verni vs. Armark which received a $105,000,000 verdict.

Without the use of the OAS Vocational Expert comprehensive reports and services, these large verdicts may not have been achieved.

OAS is a Nationwide Vocational Expert and Life Care Plan Expert service with offices in NJ, NY, FL, PA, TX, CT, CA & NV. To see how OAS Vocational Expert/Life Care Plan reports can assist you in documenting the damages in your Personal Injury cases, call 800-292-1919 for a proposal containing the experts’ professional qualifications, fee schedule, and a sample report.

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